The City of Havre de Grace Office of Tourism sent along this news that a local songwriter has returned from a tour in Hawaii to bring her music to the Laurrapin Grille in Havre de Grace next Saturday. Here are the details:
From Hawaii to Havre de Grace
East Coast songwriter returns to her roots at the Laurrapin Grille
Newark, Delaware — Local musician Melissa Cox and bassist Matt Smith will perform at the Laurrapin Grille (209 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD) on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. There is no cover to this all ages show.
This will be Cox’s first show in Havre de Grace since she and her band toured in Hawaii this past spring. But, Cox says she missed the familiar comforts of the Chesapeake Bay. “You can’t get Maryland crab cakes, my favorite, in Waikiki,” the native Delawarean says. “I’m excited to play at Laurrapin again. Their food is impeccable!”
As the economy continues to take a toll on independently owned restaurants and musicians alike, Laurrapin Grille is one of just a few places left in the Delmarva region to catch intimate performances by independent, original musicians. Laurrapin boasts a huge variety of beer on tap, cocktails, and wines, as well as a menu that utilizes locally sourced ingredients. On the restaurant’s website, the staff states: “At Laurrapin, we believe the best food is grown locally…it’s healthier, tastier and just the right thing to do.”
At the heart of Cox’s music, one will find classic rock and folk from the 60s and 70s. “Some kids rode around in the car seat listening to Sesame Street songs,” the 30-year-old singer recalls. “My mom had the radio auto-set to classic rock stations. By the time I was three, I knew all the words by Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and Simon and Garfunkel.”
Upon that folk and classic rock foundation, Melissa, supported by her backup band or her BOSS effects and looping pedal, infuses her own New Age / World style, adding overtones of Celtic, Hawaiian, electronic, Newgrass and classical.
Melissa was voted Best Singer/Songwriter by Spark Magazine, Best Celtic Fusion Singer by Celtic MP3 Music Magazine, and Best Musical Folk Artist by the Delaware Division of Arts. She has shared the stage with the Spin Doctors, Sister Hazel, Smash Mouth, Three Dog Night, Cyril Neville, Catie Curtis and many others, and has headlined at hundreds of major festivals, events and premier venues in the continental U.S., Hawaii, and New Zealand.